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Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspections



As explained in the Administrative Plan that governs the Westchester HCVP, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that all units subsidized under the Housing Choice Voucher Program meet a minimum standard of health and safety rules called Housing Quality Standards (HQS). To ensure compliance with HUD's requirement, CVR New York inspects any unit a Voucher Holder wants to rent before they move in and as required thereafter.

An HQS inspection ensures that all HCVP units have adequate living space for the family, are structurally sound, provide the necessary habitability systems (electricity, plumbing, heating, appliances, etc.) and present no conditions that endanger health and safety. HUD's Form 52580-A (available via link below) further outlines the minimum unit standards necessary to participate in the HCV Program.

HQS addresses the following areas:
  • Sanitation (facilities and condition)
  • Food preparation and refuse disposal
  • Space and security
  • Thermal environment
  • Illumination and electricity
  • Structure and materials
  • Interior air quality
  • Water supply
  • Lead-based paint
  • Access
  • Smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detector



There are several types of inspections conducted during the course of a unit's participation in the HCVP as outlined below:

  • New Move (Initial) Inspection
  • Annual Inspection
  • Re-Inspections
  • 24 Hour Emergency Inspections
  • Quality Control Inspections


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Disputes of inspections results and/or abatements may be considered in the following circumstances if submitted in a timely manner:

  • The failed item does not meet the definition of a deficiency in accordance with HUD's Housing Quality Inspection Standards.
  • The failed item should be reclassified from an "owner" responsibility to "tenant" responsibility.
  • Abatement is not the appropriate course of action in accordance with HUD rules and regulations and the HCR Administrative Plan.


In the situation that a property owner has a dispute categorized as outlined above, the property owner must request an Inspection Result Dispute Form via e-mail. CVR is under no obligation to consider disputes not submitted in a timely manner, more than ten calendar days after the date of inspection/abatement.